Family planning

What is an Ectopic Pregnancy?

An ectopic pregnancy occurs outside the womb, often in one of the fallopian tubes. To become pregnant, the ovaries release an egg into the fallopian tube on the fourteenth day of a woman’s menstrual cycle. If sperm fertilizes the egg, the egg travels from the...

What’s Hurting Your Sex Drive?

There’s no specific number of times you should be having sex. Yet if you feel like you're not enjoying sex, or you have noticed a decrease in how often you have sex, there may be underlying causes for a low libido. While you won't know for certain what the true issue...

Strength Training for Women

Most women are aware they need regular exercise to strengthen their heart and lungs and tone their bodies. Yet some women resist training for strength because of some common myths. Let’s debunk some of these common falsehoods about strength training. Myth: I don’t...

Skin Care Can Protect You From Pollution

The World Health Organization calls air pollution a "public health emergency." Outdoor air pollution is the cause of 3 million deaths a year. Indoor air pollution caused 6 million deaths in 2016. Air Pollution Can Damage Skin Even if you’re not living in a heavily...

Night Sweats

When you wake up soaking wet after a night of restless sleep, it’s normal to feel confused and even worried. Night sweats are uncomfortable, to say the least. However, you’re not the only one struggling to understand what’s going on with your body. Over 40% of women...

Sorting Facts from Myths about Epilepsy

“I’d been having seizures since I was in grade school and just never knew what they were,” Kevin says. “Before then everyone just thought I was daydreaming or not paying attention. I used to get notes home from the teachers saying, 'Kevin daydreams too much' or 'Kevin...

Domestic Abuse and Women’s Health

Domestic violence is sometimes called intimate partner violence. Intimate partner violence affects millions of women each year in the U.S. It includes physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, as well as sexual coercion and stalking by a current or former intimate...

Who is at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a vein is blocked by a blood clot, usually inside a leg.  Every year about 500,000 Americans experience DVT; DVT causes death in up to 20% of those cases. While the blood clot can dissolve on its own, the danger comes when part...

Show Love to Yourself (10 Tips under $10)

For this Valentine’s Day, give yourself the gift of self-care. Being good to yourself doesn’t need to break the bank. We've got 10 sweet ideas for inexpensive (many of the ideas are cost-free) and healthy ways to indulge. Explore your Neighborhood Getting outside in...

Know your Migraine Triggers

If you’re a migraine sufferer, you’ll recognize the symptoms. A migraine is a throbbing and painful headache; the pain usually stays on one side of the head. Migraines are often "triggered" by specific situations. Migraine symptoms can be debilitating. The pain can be...

Marriage Can Make Your Heart Sick

Heart health, especially women’s, is very connected to relationship health. Research shows that happily married people (or people who are in happy long-term relationships) have lower levels of heart disease than single, divorced, or separated people.

Could My Pregnancy Test Be Wrong? Six Reasons Why

Home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate. However, even the most reliable test can give the wrong result when some other factors interfere with it. If you’ve taken a pregnancy test and are confused, read about six reasons why the pregnancy test may have been incorrect....

How Much Sadness is Normal?

Depression affects 16% of the population. If you haven’t experienced depression, it’s likely you know someone who has. Depression is a serious medical condition, but it's still confused with ordinary sadness. Grief is normal after a traumatic experience, such as a...

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